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Climate Website Launched in Copenhagen Has Links to Cayuga CC, IAGT

DATE: 12-16-2009

3 Cayuga Students to Contribute Input from Panama Thanks to Grant Obtained by IAGT.

Three student interns from Cayuga Community College will take part in an international website unveiled this week at the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

The new Climate 1-Stop site ( www.climate1stop.net ) serves as a "one-stop-shop" for resources on climate change. The site compiles and publishes data from worldwide sources, with a primary focus on climate impact in developing countries.

Recommended by their instructors and sharing an interest in environmental studies, the three Cayuga students will go to Panama this January to examine the effect of tropical climate change on biodiversity. Their experiences will be incorporated into the Climate 1-Stop website.

The interns were chosen for the research trip by the Institute for the Application of Geospatial Technology (IAGT), located on the Auburn campus of Cayuga Community College. As lead developer of the Climate 1-Stop project, IAGT supports the international data-gathering effort through a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), which is funding the internships.

According to CEO Robert Brower, the students will conduct research during the semester break and contribute their perspectives to the website. Interns Matthew Lisk of Locke, Kara Mariano of Auburn and Aaron O'Connor of Waterloo were selected from a dozen Cayuga applicants. They will be joined in Panama by two students from the University of Alabama-Huntsville.

The week-long internship will be devoted to field work for the Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean (Spanish acronym CATHALAC), an international nongovernmental organization based in Panama City. Each student will keep a blog, or online journal, to record their activities and reflect on implications for their communities back home. The students will conclude their stay by presenting their findings at the host site. During the spring 2010 semester, they will again present their work to fellow students, faculty and area residents.

Hundreds of registered users have already joined the Climate 1-Stop site to access its information clearinghouse, according to Brower. The site's other developers and contributors include CATHALAC, NASA, NSF, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the University of Alabama-Huntsville.